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Chris Klicka

From Home School Legal Defense Association.

A longtime champion of homeschooling rights around the globe, HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of State and International Relations Christopher J. Klicka was called home by his Lord on October 12, 2009, at age 48, following a 15-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

An attorney, spokesman, lobbyist, and homeschooling husband and father, Chris is survived by his wife, Tracy, and their seven children, ages 11-21.

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 •  See Chris giving his testimony on YouTube.

"I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the course,
I have kept the faith;

In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,

Which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day;

And not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing."

(II Timothy 4:7-8)

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Colds and flu are caused by different viruses, have different symptoms, and can have greatly different effects on your health.  Read more at Centers for Disease Control.

The Common Cold is caused by one of more than 200 viruses and is called an upper respiratory infection because it involves the nose, throat, and surrounding air passages.

Symptoms may include watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, and cough.  Most colds do not include fever, chills or substantial lung involvement.

Read more about symptoms, treatments, and prevention of the common cold at

The Flu is caused by the influenza virus and infects the entire respiratory tract – nose, throat, and lungs.  It can include fever, head and muscle aches, exhaustion, and a cough that can become severe.

A cold can last two or three weeks; most people are better within seven to ten days.  On the other hand, without proper care or attention, flu can lead to severe illness and complications which can cause permanent health damage.

Read more about symptoms, treatments, and prevention of the flu at

Prevention and care of both a cold or the flu is similar, except that you need to be more careful and aware of complications with the flu.

What about Swine Flu?

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Many experts say the H1N1 virus does not appear to be more dangerous than other flu strains, but children have been catching it more easily than seasonal flu.

Authorities urge parents to seek immediate help if emergency warning signs develop.  In children, these are:

 •  Fast or troubled breathing

 •  Bluish skin color

 •  Lack of thirst

 •  Failure to wake up easily or interact

 •  Irritability to the extent that the child does not want to be held

 •  Improvement of symptoms, then a return to fever and worse cough

 •  Fever with a rash

Parents also should seek medical help if flu symptoms develop in children most vulnerable to flu complications: those younger than 5 or with high-risk conditions, including asthma and other lung problems; cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other neurological diseases; heart, kidney, or liver problems; and diabetes.

What You Can Do
To Stay Healthy

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stay informed. The CDC website will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Take everyday actions to stay healthy, including:

 •  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

 •  Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

 •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread that way.

 •  Stay home if you get sick.  CDC recommends that you limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What about Medications?

Use any medication with caution.  Over-the-counter drugs, and even some natural remedies, can have side effects or cause unexpected problems.

 •  Use single-symptom drugs such as cough suppressants, pain relievers, or antihistamines, rather than multisymptom formulas or time-release capsules.

 •  Warning: The FDA strongly encourages parents to avoid cough and cold medicines for children age 4 and younger.  A Mayo Clinic specialist explains why – and offers tips for treating your child's cold.

 •  Use cough syrup (only for children age 14 and older) sparingly, as coughing is one of the ways the body gets rid of mucus.

 •  Menthol-based lozenges will help numb the throat and open up nasal passages.  Zinc lozenges may also be helpful.

 •  Gargle at the first sign of a scratchy throat with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. of salt or 1 tablespoon of vinegar dissolved in 8 oz. warm water.  Repeat several times a day.

 •  Decongestant drops or sprays should be used by adults for no more than a few days because prolonged use can cause chronic inflammation of mucous membranes.  Children shouldn't use decongestant drops or sprays at all.  Instead use saline nasal drops to help relieve nasal congestion.

 •  Administer any medicine carefully, following directions as to amount (by age and weight) and frequency.  Just one overdose can cause damage.
    Repeated ibuprofen challenges the kidneys and acetaminophen the liver.
    Do not substitute concentrated infant drops for children's liquid; this can be fatal!

 •  Don't give aspirin in any form to children 19 and under due to the risk of contracting Reye's Syndrome.

 •  Don't insist that your doctor prescribe antibiotics for a cold or flu; they cannot kill viruses.

Is There Really a Best Way To Blow Your Nose, Sneeze, and Cough?

Yes!  How you blow your nose, sneeze, or cough can affect your own health as well as others.

 •  Be prepared with lots of sturdy tissues to avoid getting mucus on your hands.  Use tissues once, then throw them away so germs can't multiply in them.

 •  Don't blow your nose too hard or squeeze it while blowing; blocked pressure can force infectious drainage into your ears and sinuses.  Instead, press one finger over one nostril and blow gently through the open nostril; repeat on the opposite side.

 •  When coughing or sneezing, turn away from other people.  If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your arm or elbow rather than your bare hands.

 •  Don't hold back a sneeze or it can spray germs into your sinuses and ears.

 •  Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing!


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I have been correcting my 4-year-old each time she uses the word got inappropriately or says gots.

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  (John 3:16)

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  (Romans 3:23)  "For the wages of sin is death."  (Romans 6:23)

"He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."  (Romans 4:25)

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."  (John 1:12)

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."  (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

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In This Issue

Staying Well
in the Cold and Flu Season

5 Ways To Avoid Infection

9 Ways To Enhance Your Immune System

8 Ways To Continue Learning while Sick


•  Is It a Cold or the Flu?
•  What about Swine Flu?
•  What about Medications?
•  Is There Really a Best Way
   To Blow Your Nose, Sneeze, and Cough?

Recommended Resources

•  Valerie Bendt Books: Reading Made Easy
•  Logos Language Institute: Foreign Language
•  Basic Christian Education: Bible-Based Curriculum
•  Victoria L. Stankus: What is Communion?


While there's no cure for the common cold or the flu, some simple guidelines can help your family be as healthy as possible this winter and also prevent more serious diseases.

As home educators, we can use this teaching opportunity for our immediate health and welfare, as well as general health education.

Of course, prevention is the best policy, so you will want to teach your children how to avoid exposure to germs and maintain a strong immune system.

There are also many things that you can teach your family to do to make them more comfortable while they are sick and help them to get well sooner.

Disclaimer:  The information in this newsletter is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment – but we do hope it will help your family stay well and get well faster during the cold and flu season!


     The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
     Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.

Reading Made Easy: A Guide To Teach
Your Child To Read by Valerie Bendt

A Complete Phonics Curriculum
New – Four Accompanying Activity Books!

• 108 lessons (30 mins.
   ea., 3 days a week)
• Christian content
• Instructions and dialog
   to read to your child
• Writing, drawing, and
   hands-on activities
• Read full description and see samples at

5 Ways
To Avoid Infection

1. Teach Your Children about Germs

Teach about germs and how they are transfered by air, fluids, and blood.  Use a textbook, an encyclopedia, or the Internet.

 •  Set of 7 teaching pages.

 •  Learning activities and lesson plans.

 •  Lesson plans for grades Pre-K through 6.

 •  For Older Students: Infectious Disease Workshop contains extensive information and learning activities.

2. Don't Share Infectious Agents

Children are adept at picking up and spreading germs.  Teach them how to avoid this at all times, but especially when someone in your home is ill or you are out in public where many unknown and very harmful diseases abound.

 •  Cover skin abrasions and cuts.

 •  Don't touch the face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.

 •  When ill, it is courteous to avoid contact with others so that you don't spread your cold or flu, even if it means missing something you really want to do.

Also, when you are ill and your immune system is weakened, it is easier for you to pick up another, and perhaps worse, illness if you are exposed to crowds and others who are sick.

3. Establish Hand Washing Rules and Habits

The simplest and most effective thing that you can do to keep from getting sick yourself, or spreading your sickness to others, is to wash your hands well and often.

How To Wash

 •  Wet hands with warm water and ordinary soap.

 •  When you don't have access to soap and water, use non-alcohol baby wipes or alcohol-based hand cleaner.

 •  Don't use antibacterial soap.  It can promote growth of more virulent germs and viruses.

 •  Teach your children to scrub all parts of their hands for 20 seconds.  Teach them a hand-washing song that lasts that long to sing.

 •  Dry hands well.  In a public restroom, turn off tap with a paper towel or back of wrist, and open door with a paper towel or a corner of clothing.

When To Wash

 •  Wash hands immediately upon returning home after being out in public or playing outside.

 •  Wash hands before preparing food, eating, or handling clean dishes.

 •  Wash after using the toilet, changing diapers, sneezing, coughing, blowing nose, and eating.


 •  Handwashing curriculum.

 •  See and/or print poster showing how to cough, sneeze, and wash hands; another hand washing poster.

 •  For Older Students:
Chemistry:  How Soap Works.
History:  Why Handwashing Is Important.

4. Practice Good Hygiene

It is important to practice good hygiene principles and routines at all times, as you or others may be contagious a day before symptoms of illness are evident.

Explain to your children that, although they may not see germs, they are present and can make them sick.  Connect hygiene to illness by reminding them of the last time they were ill.  The memory may be powerful enough to convince them of the importance of hygiene.

 •  Don't share drinking and eating utensils, food that has been handled or partially eaten by others, or toothbrushes.

 •  When someone in your family is sick, don't even share books, games, and toys.

 •  Brush teeth and tongue, and rinse your toothbrush in mouthwash or vinegar between brushings to kill bacteria.

 •  Close toilet lid before flushing so germs cannot spray toothbrushes or other surfaces.

 •  Put dirty clothing or linens into the laundry right away and wash them with regular detergent.

5. Clean Your Home

Clean your home regularly, and more often when colds and flu are going around.

 •  Disinfect carefully with a solution of bleach and water.

 •  Also reduce exposure to dust, smoke, and other chemical irritants (such as cleaning compounds) in your home.

 •  Open windows and bring fresh air into your home occasionally, even in winter.

Don't Just Learn a Foreign Language –
Learn Words Used To Share the Gospel!

    Logos Language Institute is an evangelistic ministry which equips Christians
to witness and minister in foreign languages.

   • Low cost ($15-$23 each) Intro packets in 21 languages
   • Everyday and spiritual/biblical vocabulary
   • Use alone or with another language program
   • Simple, conversational method
   • Self-study books plus tapes or CDs
   • Complete 6-level program in Spanish
   • Ideal for short-term missions, homeschool

Logos Language Institute   1-800-445-6467
Read Reviews by M. Pride, C. Duffy, plus testimonies.

9 Ways
To Enhance Your Immune System

Your own body's immune system is the best way to both stay well and get well!

1. Diet

You are what you eat, and a good, well-balanced diet is essential to building a healthy immune system and to providing sources of energy and nutrition for optimal growth and development.

 •  Choose a variety of whole, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.  Five or more servings a day are recommended.  Try to include an apple each day.

 •  Eat whole grains.

 •  As much as your budget allows, buy natural, organic food, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products.

 •  Good fats are also necessary (e.g., cold-pressed, organic canola or olive oil, walnuts, peanuts, and natural peanut butter).  Refrigerate all these items; they oxidize at room temperature.

 •  Avoid bad fats, such as hydrogenated oils, white flour, and sugar, which can depress the immune system.

When You Are Sick

 •  Eat more foods high in vitamins, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots.

 •  Eat chicken soup, which contains an amino acid that thins mucus and breaks up congestion.  Also, the steam from the soup (or from hot tea) helps open up air passages.

2. Supplements

 •  Take good-quality vitamins every day to ensure that you are getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals.

 •  Consider taking one 500 mg capsule of vitamin C twice or more a day when you are sick.  Rarely, too much can cause diarrhea and gastric discomfort.  If you experience these, simply reduce amount and/or take with meals.

3. Water

 •  Six to eight 8-ounce glasses per day are recommended for the average person (or one-half ounce per pound of body weight).

 •  Drinking hot beverages helps open up nasal passages and reduces congestion.  Add honey to herbal tea, plain hot water, or diluted lemon juice.

4. Sleep

Adequate rest is essential for our bodies to repair our immune systems, as well as to keep our bodies functioning well.

 •  Most adults require 7-8 hours of sleep every night; teens 9-11, and children 10-12.  See "How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?" by the National Sleep Foundation.

When You Are Sick

 •  Extra sleep or rest is an effective treatment.

 •  Put an extra pillow under your head to help congested sinus or nasal passages drain.

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9 Ways
To Enhance Your Immune System


Taking a Daily Constitutional

A daily walk taken for the benefit of one's constitution (health) used to be called a daily constitutional.  A daily walk with your family can provide many needed health benefits such as the following:

5. Exercise

Regular exercise improves circulation, combats many health problems by strengthening the immune system, and can reduce the occurrence of colds and flu.

 •  Wear a hat and scarf to stay warm when outside.  Getting chilled compromises your immune system.

 •  If you cannot walk outdoors, exercise on a mini-trampoline either indoors or outside on your porch.

6. Sunshine

Sunshine is one of nature's healing agents, providing Vitamin D and killing germs.

7. Fresh Air

Clean, oxygen-rich air enhances your ability to fight disease.

 •  Breathing deeply of fresh, outdoor air comes naturally when walking.

8. Avoid Stress

Stress and worry affect the chemistry and function of every body system, and can weaken your immune system.

Meeting the basic needs of your family can make the difference between a stressful and a pleasant home atmosphere.  (We can all attest to that!)

 •  Maintain a neat and clean environment by picking up clutter and keeping up with laundry and dishes.  Remember that God gave mothers more than two arms, but some of them are attached to your children!  Teach and check chore assignments.

 •  Fix simple, healthy meals (e.g., crockpot stews) and serve at regular times before everyone is starving.

 •  Schedule realistically by limiting activities outside your home, allowing extra time between activities, planning ahead, and being prepared the night before.

9. A Calm and Happy Attitude

The opposite of stress is a calm and happy composure, which helps your health as well as being a great gift to your family.

 •  Include humor in your outlook, read a funny book, or watch a funny movie when you are sick.
    "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine."
    (Proverbs 17:22)

 •  Trust in the Lord.
    "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
    (I Peter 5:7)

New Children's Book about Communion

    Explaining the act of Communion to children can sometimes be a difficult task.

    What is Communion? written by Victoria L. Stankus can help make that task easier.  Based on a an Evangelical Protestant view, the book includes:

   • What communion is
   • How communion is taken
   • Why we take communion
   • Who Jesus is
   • Why He came to earth
   • Why He sacrificed Himself
     for our sins
   • The meaning of the elements
   • Simple steps for trusting
     in Jesus as Savior

    Uses simple illustrations, easy words, and appropriate Biblical references.  A great tool for parents and teachers to read to (or with) their children and discuss along the way.

For additional information, or to place an order,
go to

8 Ways
To Continue Learning while Sick

If teacher and/or students are sick, relax and do some easy learning.

1. Watch educational videos, or turn any video into a learning experience by looking up or talking about things in the story such as location (geography), time period (history), subject matter, character development, and Biblical worldview.

2. Play an educational board game.

3. Read aloud or listen to story tapes.

4. Teach lessons about germs and good health habits.

5. Review flash cards or fact sheets.

6. Catch up on Bible reading.

7. Listen to classical music.

8. Tell your children stories about your childhood – record them too!

These and other relaxed activities can provide unique learning opportunities and reassure you that your down time is not a total loss educationally.


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